Over the years, Survivor has had its share of medical evacuations.

Sometimes, it was the contestant's own fault, like when Mike Skupin fell into a fire during 2001's Australian Outback. Sometimes, it was due to illness, like when Panama's Bruce Kanegai found himself severely constipated.

Other times, the blame falls on the producers. In 2012, contestant Kourtney Moon broke her wrist during an ill-conceived challenge that had contestants jumping from a 25-ft. tower into a net.

But no Survivor has been quite as brutal and chaotic as last week's episode, where contestants spent nearly an hour digging in hot sand for bags of balls.

Three contestants had to be treated for some sort of heatstroke or heat exhaustion. While two of them recovered, Army vet Caleb Reynolds was evacuated from the game.

Reynolds, 28, tells PEOPLE about his horrifying experience – and how he's preparing to play the game again.

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Okay, watch the above exclusive Survivor preview showing the Survivor: Kaoh Rong episode 4 immunity challenge in which contestants have to run through obstacles and dig through sand for bags. We've seen it dozens of times before.

No big deal, right?


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Sometimes, Survivor contestants just find themselves on the wrong side of the numbers. Other times, they have the numbers, but they self destruct and find themselves voted out by their own alliance.

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Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and a member of the jury on Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance. He has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

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Survivor's Sugar Kiper is Married – and Has a New Baby Girl!

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She's an actress and pin-up model. He's a photographer. So it seemed natural for two-time Survivor contestant Jessica "Sugar" Kiper to tie the knot with her new husband, Nicholas Critelli.

The couple said "I do" on Valentine's Day in a small outdoor ceremony. The reception was held in a '50s diner. "It's unique," Kiper tells PEOPLE. "But I wanted to do something different. I'm wearing a red dress because that's good luck."

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Survivor is back this week – and by all accounts, it's one of the most difficult environments in the show's 32-season history.

"The conditions are punishing," host Jeff Probst tells PEOPLE. "There's rain. There's heat. It's just miserable. The problem with the rough conditions is that even a minor cut or scrape can become really dangerous."

If the show's first five minutes are any indication of what's in store for the 18 contestants, it looks brutal.

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Survivor Alum Michael Skupin Speaks Out After Child Pornography and Racketeering Arrest: 'I Have Never, Ever Hurt a Child'

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Michael Skupin is speaking out for the first time since last week's arrest – and the reality star vigorously maintains his innocence.

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Survivor Alum Michael Skupin Charged with Child Pornography and Racketeering

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Former Survivor contestant Michael Skupin is facing 11 criminal charges, including possession of child pornography and racketeering, the Michigan Attorney General's office announced Friday.

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Some people have jobs that are pure drudgery, where they do the same thing day after day after day after day.

After 16 years, you'd think that Jeff Probst would feel that way about Survivor. After all, he delivers many of the same lines on each episode. Immunity is won and lost. Someone is voted out. A torch is snuffed.

As the show prepares to debut its 32nd season in February, Probst enthusiastically tells PEOPLE that there is plenty of life left in the Survivor franchise. And the numbers don't lie – the show still delivers strong ratings, consistently winning the night in key demographics.

And Probst, 54, isn't going anywhere.

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Okay, let's take a quiz.

You've just competed on a wildly successful season of Survivor. You've either won the game, or you've emerged as one of the fan favorites.

What's your next move?

Well, if you're winner Jeremy Collins or standout contestant Joe Anglim, you land a guest starring role on The Young and the Restless.

On Wednesday's episode of the long-running soap opera, the reality stars will play coffee shop patrons. They filmed their scenes in December with series star Joshua Morrow, who happens to be a huge fan of Survivor.

PEOPLE spoke with Morrow, Anglim and Collins about the episode – and how Morrow would do if he ever competed on Survivor.

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